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  •  From what I read (5+ / 0-)

    Red state senators got 5 times more calls from gun supporters than from people who supported the bill.

    “We are not a nation that says ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says ‘out of many, we are one.’” -Barack Obama

    by skohayes on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 05:35:31 AM PDT

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    •  Yep, if nothing else the NRA is organized to a (3+ / 0-)
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      fine degree. Was listening to a piece on NPR on just that a few days ago.

      Turns out other Lobbyists study the NRA's methods.

      They have a dedicated group in large numbers that can turn on the dime and send out emails and make phone calls.


      "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

      by Onomastic on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 06:18:47 AM PDT

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      •  At the end of the Phillip Roth piece linked above (2+ / 0-)
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        is a quote that made me think immediately of the NRA:

        "Tyranny is always better organized than freedom."

        Charles Péguy

        But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, ... there are few die well that die in a battle; ... Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; — Shakespeare, ‘Henry V’

        by dewtx on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 12:26:04 PM PDT

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    •  Gun supporters, that is voters who (3+ / 0-)
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      want no regulations on guns or gun sales at all, tend to be single issue voters, which makes them much more apt to be activists (calling their senators, sending emails, using politically threatening language in their communications with elected officials).  Even though the majority of NRA members supported universal background checks, what the NRA wants is not the most important issue being debated in Washington to most of them.

      Democrats have single issue voters too, e.g., pro-choice activists, but they have organized opposition that is also willing to campaign actively against them.  Democrats are only now trying to organize opposition to the NRA, but the NRA has a long history and very deep pockets arrayed against the new anti-gun opposition groups that haven't coalesced around their message yet.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 07:04:24 AM PDT

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    •  And if you look on each FB page for each Senator (1+ / 0-)
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      you will see the same in comment numbers.

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